Wolf Point Herald

Man Shows Up Drunk At Court For Sentencing

A man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 27, was given leniency and a new sentencing date.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, who has been free on bond, appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for a scheduled sentencing.
District Judge David Cybulski had Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.
Cybulski did not revoke Jiron’s bond and allowed him to be released, but warned him that he will be tested when he reappears in court Wednesday, June 24.
Jiron was arraigned in November 2014 and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence - second offense, criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, driving while driving privilege is suspended or revoked, speeding on a non-interstate highway, driving without insurance, expired motor vehicle registration and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He later appeared with a plea agreement and withdrew the not guilty pleas.

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Several Appear In 15th District Court May 27

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 27.
Alexandros Ganas
Alexandros Nicholas Ganas was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial was scheduled for Aug. 13.
Darryl Lewis
Darryl James Lewis, 45, appeared for a change of plea hearing and pleaded no contest to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and guilty to misdemeanor DUI - second offense. Lewis has residences listed as Williston, N.D., San Bernadino, Calif., and Powell, Wyo.
He pleaded not guilty to five drug-related charges in July.
Cybulski denied a motion for evidence suppression in January.
There is a companion case. Lewis was arrested with his wife April Dawn Frost, 36. She has residences listed as Evansville, Wyo., and Williston, N.D.
Frost entered pleas of not guilty in July on three counts that included criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
John Mincey
John Mincey, 47, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony theft.
A trial was scheduled for Aug. 13.
Charles Pinner
Charles Henry Pinner, 59, of Detroit, Mich., pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping, both felonies that carry maximum penalties of 100 years imprisonment.
Pinner is an Amtrak employee who was working onboard the eastbound Empire Builder route. He is alleged to have committed a kidnap and sexual assault onboard the train that was passing through Roosevelt County April 1.
Pinner made an initial appearance in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 13.
The court set bail at $50,000. Cybulski denied a bond reduction to $20,000.
David Rogers
David Rogers made an initial appearance.
He is charged with felony DUI - fourth or subsequent offense and misdemeanor counts of driving while license is suspended or revoked, operating a motor vehicle that has not been properly registered, driving without insurance and a seatbelt violation.
Rogers will enter pleas Wednesday, June 24.
Jared Weyrauch
Jared Weyrauch, 30, of Wolf Point appeared for a revocation hearing for violations of conditions of a sentence for a drug charge that was imposed March 26, 2014.
Weyrauch admitted to three violations in court. They were failure to seek and maintain employment; purchasing, possessing or consuming illegal drugs; and failure to submit monthly reports.
Cybulski found Weyrauch in violation. A disposition hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24.
Wolf Point Police officers arrested him April 24 on a warrant following a foot pursuit on the 300 block of Custer Street. The WPPD arrested Weyrauch in July 2013 with a substance that was identified as methamphetamine.

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Commissioners Delay Decisions For Fair Board Pending Additional Info

The Roosevelt County Commissioners delayed decisions on several issues for the fair board Tuesday, June 9, pending additional information.
The fair board requested permission to remove an aging Quonset building on the fairgrounds that leaks and needs other costly maintenance and replace it with a new metal building, to remove the old county shop on fairgrounds and relocate a fire hydrant that is poorly located and might not provide adequate fire protection.
The commissioners will make determinations about these issues separately during future meetings following more in-depth discussions.
The commissioners voted to send a letter to the Fort Peck Tribal water system requesting a fire hydrant near Frontier Elementary School
Frontier district superintendent Christine Eggar requested assistance from the commissioners.
The commissioners also gave Eggar permission for Frontier to trim trees on a county road near the school.
The James E. Shanley Tribal Library on the Fort Peck Community College campus in Poplar, which merged with the Poplar City Library last year, is seeking an annual county compensation increase from $17,500 to $20,000.
The library is now an affiliate library of the Roosevelt County Library System.
The commissioners voted to go into negotiations with FPCC over compensation.
The commissioners also approved repairs to rain gutters at the Wolf Point Library by Friesen Construction for $6,400.
In another matter, the commissioners approved $1,850 to Friesen Construction for replacement of a wood fence on the east side of the senior center in Wolf Point.

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City Police Arrest Woman After Life-Threatening Injuries In Assault

Wolf Point Police arrested a woman after a man was left with life-threatening injuries following an assault Tuesday, June 2.
WPPD officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Granville Street following a 911 call at 11:04 p.m. for what was first reported as a medical emergency. Lt. Brian Erwin said officers realized an assault had occurred.
A 38-year-old male was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with life-threatening injuries and flown by air ambulance to a larger hospital. Erwin said he could not discuss particulars of the case, including the nature of the victim’s injuries.
WPPD officers arrested Sonja Redelk, 43, of Wolf Point for aggravated assault.
Further investigation will be by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Federal Jury Convicts Poplar Man Of Rape

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that on Tuesday, June 2, a U.S. District Court jury convicted Brandon Buckles, 28, of Poplar on all charges stemming from a rape in Poplar.
The jury found Buckles guilty of sexual abuse and two false statements to federal agents.
Buckles faces up to life in prison, up to $250,000 in fines and up to lifetime supervised release for the rape conviction. For the false statements, he faces up to eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The false statements related to his claims that he never touched the victim at any time on the day of the rape. The physical evidence showed otherwise, according to a prepared statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
At trial, Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Weldon presented evidence that Buckles was drinking with the victim and various other friends at a house party in Poplar. The victim ultimately walked into her bedroom and fell asleep next to another man. Buckles entered the same bedroom to look for his cell phone, but he saw an opportunity to rape the victim. He walked over to the victim, pulled down her pants, and raped her until she ultimately woke and screamed at him to stop. Buckles pulled up his pants, and left the house. The male in the bed next to the victim never awoke during the rape because he was too intoxicated. The victim immediately reported the rape. Evidence from the victim was tested and Buckles’ DNA was identified as a match. In contrast, Buckles told agents that he never touched the victim at any point.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.

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